On Sunday, May 25, 2014, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis will convene at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem to commemorate a meeting in the Holy Land held fifty years ago by their predecessors, Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul VI.
His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew arrives at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem where he venerates the place where Jesus was born and celebrates the Doxology of Thanksgiving.
His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew presides over Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew officiated at the Patriarchal and Hierarchal co-celebration in the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem, also serving were Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III, the clergy of the Synod of the Ecumenical Throne and the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the priests and deacons, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is currently in in Jerusalem tonight where he will meet with Pope Francis.
His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew arrives at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on Friday, 23 May 2014.
He is greeted by His Excellency Uzi Landau Minister of Tourism, State of Israel, His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Excellency Spyridon Lampridis Ambassador of Greece to Israel, Mr. George Zaharioudakis the Consul General of Greece in Jerusalem, Mr. Mustafa Sarnic the Consul General of Turkey in Jerusalem, and Dr. Anthony Limberakis the National Commander, Order of St. Andrew.
In the afternoon of Tuesday the 7th/20th of May 2014, His Excellency the Bulgarian Prime Minister, Mr Plamen Oresharski, while in an official visit to the state of Israel, visited the Patriarchate in the company of Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Mr Kristian Vigenin, Health Minister Mrs Tanya Andreeva, Agriculture Minister, Mr Dimitar Grekov, his wife, members of the Bulgarian Parliament, the Bulgarian Ambassador to Israel, Mr Dimitar Mihaylov and other associates of his.
On the heels of epic floods that left at least 37 dead and thousands homeless in Serbia and Bosnia, a second surge of floodwaters continues to fill an already swollen Sava River and threatens thousands of lives as well as Serbia’s biggest power plant. The Nikola Tesla power plant, which provides roughly half of the country’s electricity, is in the deadly path of a flood wave created by the heaviest rains to hit the region in 120 years. In Bosnia, evacuees are being placed in temporarily shelters like military barracks, but many more await help in areas that are not accessible yet.